Australian actor Hugh Jackman was born on Oct. 12, 1968 in Sydney, New South Wales. His parents were English. His father, Chris, was an accountant from Cambridge.
Jackman has two brothers and two sisters. He is the youngest of the five children in the family.
A good student, Jackman attended the elite Knox Grammar School and earned a BA in Communications at the city’s University of Technology.
Upon graduation, he applied for WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) where he gained an all-round theater education.
Since the early 1990s, Jackman appeared in various episodes of TV series such as “Blue Heelers,” “Law of the Land” and “Correlli.”
In 1996, Jackman appeared in five episodes of the fourth season of “Snowy River: The McGregor Saga,” where he costarred with Rob McGregor.
In 1999, he made his first appearance in a movie, “Paperback Hero,” featuring a tough driver of a road train who secretly loves tomboy Claudia Karvan.
The same year, he played a role in “Oklahoma!” and received praise for his portrayals of Curly.
The following year, Jackman was selected for the big-budget movie, “X-Men,” where he played the superhero Wolverine, who has razor-packed hands.
In 2001, he appeared in the film “Someone like You” and played a role as a womanizer alongside Ashley Judd.
The same year, he played a genius computer hacker who was just released after serving a two-year jail sentence for breaking into FBI files in the film “Swordfish.”
In 2003, Jackman returned as one of his most famous characters, Wolverine, in “X-Men 2.”
After a year performing on Broadway, Jackman returned to the big screen in 2004 with “Van Helsing.” This film brought massive fame to Jackman and led to him becoming one of Hollywood’s A-listers.
The same year, he won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway show “The Boy from Oz”.
In 2006, he appeared again as Wolverine in the “X-Men: The Last Stand”.
He also appeared in “Scoop” in 2006, alongside Scarlette Johansson.
The same year, he provided a voice to the children’s adventure animation, “Happy Feet.”
In “The Fountain” (2006), Jackman played three characters with three parallel stories. He admitted this was his most difficult film so far.
In 2008, Jackman starred in and produced “Deception.”
He also appeared in the epic film, “Australia,” where he played an Australian cattle, Drover, who helps Nicole Kidman , who plays an English aristocrat, protect her property from a takeover plot.
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was released on May 1, 2009. The movie received positive reviews and reached $87 million in box office.
In 2011, Jackman appeared in the futuristic film “Real Steel “, in which he portrays a boxer who trains robots.
The following year, he appeared in a big-screen version of “Les Misérables.” His portrayal of Jean Valjean earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
The latest installment of “Wolverine” hit theaters in the summer of 2013.
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